Showing posts with label Mellotron. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Mellotron. Show all posts

Thursday, June 06, 2024

Movements For The Great Visionary (extrait & making of TERPSICHORE) #tangerinedream #berlinschool

video upload by KurtzMindfields

"New final album in tribute to the 50th anniversary of the release of Phaedra / tangerine Dream and Edgar Froese (1944-2015), who would have turned 80 today.

PERPSICHORE was 90% recorded with my analog synthesizers. This will be my last project for the Berlin School period from 1974 to 1979 for a while, in order to explore more of the following period.

Kurtz Mindfields set up: SynthR4 with sequencer and arpeggiator, NRsynth Moog 55 & Retro One, Hansy Mister M, ARP Pro-Soloist, S.E.1 Electronics, Behringer P800, Roland A90ex, Waldorf Zarembourg, Mellotron M400, Oberheim OB3 organ, Elka 490 Strings, Rhodes MKI, Arturia Mellotron V & Korg Electribe2, Reverbs & pedalboard (Flangers, Phaser, Echo, Chorus, ...) & EMS SynthiA"

Saturday, June 01, 2024

Improvisation on Matrix 12 and Yusynth modular by wo visiting friends

video upload by yusynthman


Two passionate friends visiting my studio. (2)

"Last Saturday afternoon, I had the visit of two musician friends visiting my synth studio. Here, the 'dread lock giant' is having a lot of fun tweaking a sequence on my Yusynth modular synth, while I manage to play a few notes and chords on the Memotron (a modern recreation of the Mellotron by Manikin Elecronic) to accompany the sequence. The other visitor is behind the camera and makes a kind of panoramic view of my music studio."

Two passionate friends visiting my studio (3)

"Last Saturday afternoon, I had the visit of two musician friends visiting my synth studio. Here, I am commenting a sequence patch on the MOS-LAB 2500 (a clone of the famous ARP2500 modular synth) The second visitor is behind the camera."

Friday, May 31, 2024

Processed Mellotron M4000D May 31st 2024

video upload by John L Rice

"A quick and dirty Mellotron noodle. I currently can’t stand for long (foot issue) so I took some experimental noodling audio and some rough snapshots of the gear used and edited it all into a video FWIW.

So it's the Mellotron M4000D Rack was processed through a Club Of The Knobs fixed filter bank and channel enhancer with 6 outputs of the channel enhancer mixed by Modcan and Moon mixers and returned to the main Allen and Heath mixer for some additional EQ and effects processing from Strymon pedals Mobius, DECO, and BigSky, plus a touch of reverb from the Lexicon MX400."

Wednesday, May 22, 2024

GForce M-Tron Pro IV Mini Demos

video upload by GForce Software

"GForce’s M-Tron Pro IV delves into the iconic Mellotron M400, a tape-based keyboard famous for its use in recordings by renowned artists like The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Radiohead, Oasis, Trent Reznor, Trentemøller, AIR, Nils Frahm, and many others. Its distinct sounds are widely utilised in genres such as progressive rock and indie rock but also lo-fi and hip hop.

Find out more:

Music and Video by Alexander Ewald"

Sunday, May 19, 2024

A Sunday Morning Modular Synth Patch - May 19th 2014

video upload by John L Rice

"Featuring self transposing Moon Modular 569 sequencer with 569ES and 569EG expanders and two 564 switches to vary the pattern. All clocked by an Oakley Slim VCO through a Synthetic Sound Labs V-Gates divider. The voice is a single Marienberg Sine Phase VCO into two SSL Tube VCAs, one STG Soundlabs Envelope to modular both, and the VCA outputs go to a Modcan Dual Delay 73B. And a few notes played on the Mellotron M4000D Rack. Strymon BigSky and Lexicon MX400 for reverb."

Friday, May 17, 2024

Remembering Gert Jalass

video upload by John L Rice

"The sad news of Gert's passing put me out of sorts and I ended up looking through old pictures and decided to make a very short and quick remembrance video out of them. Rest in peace Gert, and condolences to all of his friends and family. Feel free to share comments and stories relating to Gert in the comments section below if you like.

The simple sequence is a Moon Modular 569 Quad Sequential Voltage Source running two identical voices each consisting of a MOTM-300 VCO, 1/4 of a MOTM-380 quad LFO, 1/2 of a Moon 517 VCF, 1/2 of a Oakley dual VCA and 1/5 of a Club Of The Knobs poly EG. Also used: Expressive-E Osmose keyboard, Mellotron M4000D Rack, Roland A-88 controller, Strymon BigSky and Timeline pedals, Lexicon MX400 rack."

Friday, May 10, 2024

Shimmers and Echoes (soundscape) for VCS3, Arp 2600, Clavinet, Mellotron and Gong.

video upload by R. Reger

"All VCS3 patches played through an Empress Echosystem. Arp 2600 patches played through a Boss RE-20 Space Echo. Clavinet played through a Fairfield Circuitry "Randy's Revenge" ring modulator. Mellotron played through an MXR 10-band EQ and Boss RV-5 reverb."

Saturday, May 04, 2024

Chamberlin M1 - Precursor to the Mellotron

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via Wikipedia:

"The Chamberlin is an electro-mechanical keyboard instrument that was a precursor to the Mellotron. It was developed and patented by the American inventor Harry Chamberlin from 1949 to 1956, when the first model was introduced."

You can see the inside of one in this previous post featuring a performance by Patrick Warren playing one for Michael Penn.

Sunday, April 28, 2024

RIP Mike Pinder of The Moody Blues & Streetly Electronics' Mellotron

video upload by Beat-Club

I heard the news on Marty Willson-Piper's Music of the Daze.

Mike Pinder was the keyboard player and a founding member of The Moody Blues. Prior to that he worked on the manufacturing of the first Mellotrons in the UK. According to, "Streetly Electronics are the original UK manufacturer of mellotrons and world experts in the instrument."

via Wikipedia:

"Between 1962-63 Pinder worked for 18 months as an engineer at Streetly Electronics, in Streetly, Birmingham, a factory manufacturing the first models of Mellotron in the UK.

In May 1964 Pinder left Streetly Electronics to co-found The Moody Blues with Ray Thomas, Denny Laine, Clint Warwick and Graeme Edge."

His impact becomes clear when you read the following from Music of the Daze:

"This from my friend Nicklas Barker, guitarist, singer and composer from Swedish proggers Anekdoten. He is also a connoisseur of the Mellotron:

'Very sad, imagine if he had not started working at the Mellotron factory and done something else before joining The Moody Blues and introducing the glorious Mellotron string sound to a wider audience through Nights in White Satin. What would have happened then? No King Crimson? He was also friends with John Lennon and introduced the Mellotron to him. No Strawberry Fields? Mike Pinder was the first, and the impact of his use of the Mellotron changed music history. He was also the greatest Mellotron player ever. Just listen to Out and In from To Our Children’s Children’s Children. He was the wizard of the astral orchestra.'"

via mellotron

"Mike Pinder of the Moody Blues and the Mk II"

Mike Pinder describes how the mellotron works

video upload by reversengr

"Mike Pinder describes how the mellotron works in the fabulous 'Live at Isle of Wight Festival (1970)' You really should buy this DVD, it's not only a great documentary but a wonderful concert film as well. The sound is surprisingly good, you will enjoy it."

Update via Atomic Shadow:

"Here's the Moody's live on French TV. You can really see/hear what Mike Pinder contributed to the sound of that band. Without him and the MK 2, they would have just been another guitar band. It's startling how much they sounded like the records live!"

The Moody Blues - Full Concert - French TV Special 1968 (Remastered)

video upload by BrunoSamppa

"Audio and Video Remastered by BrunoSamppa - Support me on KO-FI

1. Tuesday Afternoon 00:01
2. Nights in White Satin 04:54
3. Legend of a Mind (Part 3) 09:36
4. Bye Bye Bird 12:42
5. Fly Me High 17:33
6. I've Got a Dream 24:12
7. A Beautiful Dream 27:36
8. Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood 31:49
9. Peak Hour 35:18
10. Nights in White Satin (Reprise) 41:38"

Sunday, April 14, 2024

Steelphon S900 // Mellotron M400

video upload by foleytronics fx repair

"This is a demo of Tom’s Steelphon that got whooped by UPS - broken circuit boards, broken MDF case, no output. We took the case to be reproduced by Kent Meloy of Tunguska Guitars and in the meantime went to town on the electronics. There isn’t a schematic available anywhere, but after getting the rails back and the keyboard CV working, there was still no output. I isolated it to the filter board and realized the VCF is a Moog copy, component-for-component, so I used a Minimoog schematic to help troubleshoot the problem.

The Mellotron is mine and has undergone quite a bit of work. New pinch rollers, new motor control board, rebuilt the PSU, and fabbed a new key as one was missing."

Saturday, March 30, 2024

The Cathedral of Time (soundscape) for VCS3, Arp 2600, Mellotrons, Hammond Organ and The Crown.

video upload by R. Reger

"Original soundscape for vintage keys and percussion."

Sunday, March 10, 2024

LETO - Mellotron mod

video upload by Love Hultén

"Custom upright setup incl

Mellotron M4000D mini
Warped Vinyl

Saturday, February 24, 2024

Time Corridors

video upload by John L Rice

"And another "modular Tetris" rearrangement session which led to some keyboard noodling which lead to a recording which lead to a video which lead to the need to add a lot more parts and video editing which lead to the reality that I have much more important things to be doing which caused me to stop where I was at which is why all you get is this unfinished thing! 😅

Modules used:
Oakley/Krisp1 - Slim VCO B, Diode Superladder VCF, Flanger/Chorus
STG - Envelope
Moon - 569 sequencer
Corsynth - C102 VC LFO
Grove Audio - PM Resonator
Modcan - Quantizer 55B
Marienberg - Sine Phase VCO
Club Of The Knobs - C1660 VC Phase Processor

Expressive E - Osmose

Strymon - BigSky, Timeline, Mobius
Lexicon - MX400"

The mystery and magic of TEMPERA.

video upload by Enjoy Synths

"I have to admit, I didn't and don't really get Tempera yet. But even with my limited experience with it, I love what it does. I just need to crack the code and solve its riddles…"

Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Just Some Nice Chords

video upload by John L Rice

"MOTM modular, Mellotron M4000D, Yamaha FS1R, Expressive E Osmose, Strymon and Lexicon effects."

Sunday, January 07, 2024

Mellow Sunday | Mellotron Micro + Soma Cosmos

video upload by Cinematic Laboratory

"I recorded four jams today. Four. This one was the best, so I'll post this one. So now I have a few 'backups' which makes it easier to relax when there's a 'writers block' day. #jamuary2024 is not limited to modulars so today I decided to use one of my favorite creative combo's, the vintage Mellotron and the 21st century Soma Cosmos. I am using the R1.5 'rhythmic firmware' which is basically a looper. It has 7 modes with different timings and pitch shifts. There are three additional modes with delay, verb and grains from the original firmware. There are two versions, one with drive, and one with drive remapped to pitch shift. I always want to bring an orchestra to a gig, but leave the VST laptop at home. Mellotron is a perfect machine to add polyphonic samples while keeping the 1960's vibe and it's great to process with a modular synth. Happy Sunday!"

Wednesday, December 13, 2023

Drone Topology for VCS3, Arp 2600, Moog Voyager, Mellotron and Percussion

video upload by R. Reger

Tuesday, November 21, 2023

Dust O Tron Expansion Pack for M-Tron Pro IV by Sound Dust.

video upload by GForce Software

"We have the pleasure of bringing a dusty yet authentic ‘Tron pack for M-Tron Pro IV sculpted by organic texture master Pendle Poucher, a.k.a Sound Dust. Known for his beautifully inspiring noises for Kontakt libraries and beyond, Pendle sampled a range of acoustic instruments, synths and keyboards to create over 200+ M-Tron Pro IV presets carefully crafted by himself, Dave Spiers, and Tom Wolfe. Additionally, this Expansion Pack brings 29 new tape banks of unique acoustic and electronic sounds and many new inspiring textures and dusts to M-Tron Pro IV.

The Dust-O-Tron Expansion pack by Sound Dust is exclusively available for M-Tron Pro IV."

Monday, November 13, 2023

Accidental Workbench Jam With Modular Synth And Mellotron

video upload by John L Rice

"It’s easy to get distracted from immediate goals when things start sounding interesting. 😊 Little modular synth with Hexinverter/Re:Synthesis:LWSS sequencer, 2hp Tune, STG Oscillator, Moon 517S VCF, SSL Envelope/VCA all in a Box4 case and of course the Mellotron Micro. #modularsynth #mellotron #electronicmusic"

Singularity for Arp 2600, VCS3, the Crown, Mellotron M4000D Mini and Gong

video upload by R. Reger

"Original soundscape for (mostly) analog instruments."

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